Quotes that inspire

May 28, 2013 

I often find myself looking up famous quotes of people who have been there and done that. Each can instill inspiration and conviction upon reasonable and intelligent people. Here are some favorites:

* With malice toward none, with charity for all, with firmness in the right as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in, to bind up the nation's wounds. Abraham Lincoln

* The only thing we have to fear is fear itself -- nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror, which paralyzes needed efforts to convert retreat into advance. Franklin D. Roosevelt

* "It is understanding that gives us an ability to have peace. When we understand the other fellow's viewpoint, and he understands ours, then we can sit down and work out our differences." Harry S. Truman

* "I am not so much concerned with the right of everyone to say anything he pleases as I am about our need as self-governing people to hear everything relevant." John F. Kennedy

* "If we love our country, we should also love our countrymen." Ronald Reagan

* Unlike Churchill, I have no plans to shape history. Socrates gave advice -- and they poisoned him. George H.W. Bush

* "I have opinions of my own, strong opinions, but I don't always agree with them." George W. Bush

* "This union may never be perfect, but generation after generation has shown that it can always be perfected." Barack Obama

Americans can be shamefully forgetful.

Richard Yesley

New Athens

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